ANNUAL REPORT 2019
Celebrating 15 years of crop diversity conservation
Crop varieties added+34K
Food Forever Experiences9
Grants provided for conservation$34.2M
ContributionsUSD 6 M
Accessions Conserved714 K
Updated accessions in Genesys4M
Crop accessions distributed66K
Countries receiving samples97
Sir Peter Crane – Executive Board Chair, Crop Trust
As we transition into a new phase of our work, we can do so confident in our ability to deliver on the vision of our founders.
Stefan Schmitz – Executive Director, Crop Trust
The importance of the global family of genebanks as fail-safes for our planet’s future food supply has never been so apparent.
What we do
The CGIAR Genebank Platform
This Crop Trust-led program ensures that the 11 CGIAR genebanks are running efficiently, that the crop collections they manage are conserved to a high standard, and that as many samples as possible are immediately available when needed.
Collecting Crop Wild Relatives
After six years, 4,644 seed samples of 371 different species of crop wild relatives from all over the world were collected and safeguarded.
Wild Seed, I Think I Love You
The work with crop wild relatives is transitioning from creating new materials to actually growing them in farmers' fields.
What we do
Svalbard Global Seed Vault
The Svalbard Global Seed Vault is an iconic reminder of the remarkable effort taking place around the world to conserve the seeds of our food crops.
Supporting National Genebanks
Five genebanks in sub-Saharan Africa are the focus of a new Crop Trust project: Seeds4Resilience.
Strengthening information systems allows users to choose the exact crop diversity they need from thousands of samples.
Securing our Food, Forever
Our global crop conservation strategies describe the current status of conservation of major crop collections, and they attempt to identify the highest priority activities and resources required to safeguard the diversity of different genepools.
The Food Forever Initiative
Food Forever went around the world in 2019 – on a gastronomic and educational voyage – to celebrate the diversity of our foods.
An overview of the activities of the Crop Trust Executive Board and Donors’ Council.
Spreading the Message
Our audience is as diverse as the crop diversity we help safeguard.
Some of humanity’s most valuable global assets are being preserved in perpetuity so future generations can have diverse, healthy foods in increasingly unpredictable climatic conditions.
The Crop Trust deeply appreciates the support and commitment from its many donors, without whom none of our work would be possible.
Running the Numbers
A summary of the financial performance of the Crop Trust and its endowment fund.
We are immensely grateful to our donors. The support received in 2019 further highlights the growing understanding that preserving global crop diversity is essential to achieve food security in increasingly unpredictable and severe climatic conditions.
In 2019, we received contributions from new and existing donors whose support makes a lasting global impact on farmers and plant breeders:
- The United States demonstrated its continuing support with a new Farm Bill that commits $5.5 million per year to the endowment.
- Germany announced €11.5 million in new endowment funding this year and committed a further €10 million for 2020.
- Norway’s continued long term support drives much of the Crop Trust’s work, in particular, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault and the global Crop Wild Relatives (CWR) Project.
- Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, supported pre-breeders at the Africa Rice Center in evaluating thousands of genebank samples, which uncovered climate-critical early flowering traits.
- The Templeton Foundation gave finger millet and grasspea pre-breeding efforts a boost to help farmers harness wild traits found in crop wild relatives.
- The Oak Spring Garden Foundation supported an expansion of the #CropsInColor campaign highlighting stories of crop diversity from Appalachia to Rwanda to Costa Rica.
- FELCO, a family-owned pruning tools company, supported the implementation of a global coffee conservation strategy.
- and last but certainly not least, Unilever, ensured that tea now has a global strategy too.
Because of this support, we are now one step closer to securing the foundation of our agriculture—and our food— forever.